Villa near Montpellier, Languedoc Roussillon - Close to Beaches, River Gorges, ancient villages and vineyard
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If you, like us, love the thought of having a holiday in the radiant sun of the Mediterranean with its golden beaches, rivers and lakes, mountains, vineyards, mediaeval villages and amazing cuisine, then you are the right people to enjoy a vacation in our villa! My husband John & I brought up our 5 children in England. Jobs and modern life has meant many of us now live long distances apart and our villa has become an important focal point where all the family can meet up regularly to spend family events & many holidays together. We are pleased to be able to offer our holidaymakers from all over the world the same ideal setting for memorable holidays, meeting up with their family & friends in the comfort of this beautiful villa.
Owner purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Owner chose Grabels
Villa des Cigales is extremely well situated between the golden beaches , & the natural Camargue with its famous flamingos & lively fishing harbour towns (25 minutes), & the mountains with rivers and gorges and medieval villages (also 25 minutes). In addition the beautiful historic city of Montpellier with its vibrant streets, boutiques, restaurants and cultural events, just 10 minutes away by car, or 20 minutes by tram from the end of our village right up to the Place de la Comédie in the centre. The village itself offers a whole variety of shopping facilities, with its weekly open-air market, two bakeries, butcher with excellent daily freshly prepared dishes, and take-away pizzeria, & a bar opposite where you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer, while your pizzas are prepared for you.
What makes this Villa unique
The villa itself is set in its own grounds, with plenty of space, lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, terraces to the front and the back of the house, very private with fencing and hedging along all the borders of the garden and lock-up gates with ample parking space for several cars. A Hammock invites young and old to dream away under the trees. There is a swing under the shade of an olive tree for the little ones and a ping pong table for the sporty ones. There is a badminton set for the terrace and the pool area has a variety of inflatable pool toys. It is entirely possible & very tempting to stay put in the comfort and tranquillity of the villa and the pool, doing all your food shopping in the local village if you wish to be really lazy without venturing to explore the surrounding area.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Maximum occupancy of the villa is 10, including children. Additional guests have to be negotiated in advance with the owner.
No glasses or crockery by the pool please. Plastic tableware is provided in one of the kitchen units.
Please observe the general calm of the neighbourhood after 23-00.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Erholung pur Vielen Dank - Pure Relaxation Thanks
Wir hatten alles, wie wir es uns vorgestellt hatten. Tolles Haus, schöne Anlage und für die Kinder einen tollen Pool. Claire war immer sehr hilfsbereit. Auch hierfür ein Danke ! Wir fahren mit schönen Eindrücken nach Hause und freuen uns wieder auf Frankreich - Familie Pfrommer / Cruz-Preloznik, Stuttgart, Deutschland, Juni 2017 We had everything as we had imagined it to be. Great house, lovely grounds an for the children a wonderful pool. Claire was at all times very helpful. For that also many thanks. We are returning home with everlasting impressions and are looking forward to coming back to France. Family Pfrommer / Cruz-Preloznik, Stuttgart, Germany, June 2017
Liebe Familie Pfrommer,
Wir bedanken uns für Ihre begeisterte und grosszügige Bewertung und freuen uns, dass Sie Ihre Ferien in unserer Villa genossen haben und würden Sie gerne jeder Zeit wieder einmal bei uns begrüssen können.
Ganz herziche Grüsse
Christina und John
A truly stunning villa
This is already our second visit, we had the most wonderful time at Les Cigales. Everyone agreed what a comfortable, well-equipped home it is with a lovely atmosphere. It feels like people have had very happy times here, the house is immediately so welcoming.
The nearby village shops had everything we needed - a bakery and delicatessen/ grocers with fresh fruit and vegetables, amazing cheeses and pates. It was glorious!
The villa is easily reached from the airport with or without a car (I have done both!) and Montpelier is easily reached by bus and tram or car and ride. There are beautiful nearby sandy beaches with miles of golden sand.
Having said that, there's an enticing hammock in the villa garden that made it very easy to while away the days reading and gently rocking!
We are already planning our return.
We are delighted you had such a wonderful holiday in our villa! Comments like yours make it worthwhile to keep on maintaining our very high standard we have set ourselves for our guests. We look forward to welcome you back soon to enjoy this lovely region of France! Christina and John
Another fantastic stay!
Once again our 2 weeks have come to an end, and we are sad to be leaving. As usual we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay; fun times in the pool and lovely evenings on the patio.
In addition to our usual visits to Carcassonne, Minervois, Sète, Marseillan Plage and Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, we had a day trip to Tain l`Hermitage. Exploring the Cité du Chocolat (Valrhona headquarters) and the Hermitage Vineyards. Highly recommended for chocolate lovers and wine buffs!
Thanks again for another lovely stay - we hope to make it a 4th time!
We are delighted you once again enjoyed your holilday time in our villla. We will be very happy to welcome you back for one of your special vacations with all your family from Norway.
Christina and John
The Fantastic Villa des Cigales
THANK YOU for a fabulous holiday. The first holiday for our two families in 5 years and we couldn't have been happier with the villa. The house is fabulous and we particularly loved the terrace. All our young children had a fabulous time too as there is so much space to play. The villa is in a great location; near the sea, the mountains and the beautiful city of Montpelier!
We will be coming back!!
The Pattisons & Roberts (April 2014)
We are very happy to hear you had such a wonderful time in our villa. It is people like you who make all our efforts worthwhile and we hope to welcome you back some day soon.
Our best wishes,
Christina and John
Thank you for letting us use your fabulous Villa for Toms 21st birthday.Great location,great facilities,and local shops.we wish we were there for longer and yes we did use the fantastic pool.Many thanks,the Hares and Finnes,Nottingham,UK.
P.S,merci beacoup pour le champagne,le gâteau et le carte d,anniversaire -j,ai eu un vraiment bon anniversaire.!Tom.
We were very happy to make Tom's 21st birthday so special for by all your family meeting up in our villa for the occasion.
We are delighted it all went so well and everybody had a splendid time.
We hope one day soon we can welcome you back into our villa for another family event.
Christina and John
Our holidays in Villa des Cigales, 10th-24th August 2013
The villa is in an outstanding location beautifully sheltered from the villas round about by clever planting. We have enjoyed days by the gorgeous pool and evenings on the terrace in the tranquillity of the surroundings. August is very busy at the beach and all the tourist attractions - such as Pont du Diable, but Montpellier is a fascinating city and we would recommend the little train (which leaves from Place de la Comédie). It tours the historic part of the city and is a good way to see what`s on offer. William`s taxi is brilliant and he is very informative.
Hi Ross and Clare,
It is great to hear you had such a good time in our villa and enjoyed exploring Montpellier and the surrounding countryside. We would be delighted to welcome you back for another holiday in our villa one day soon.
Christina and John
The village has various shops, including its own fresh bakery, excellent butcher with a variety of daily freshly prepared dishes, a small supermarket with a good choice of local produce & fresh vegetables and fruit, bank, pharmacy, post office, a small bar, take-away pizzeria, and a lively weekly street market on Saturday mornings 8.30-12.00. For the sporty at heart there is also a fully equipped gym in the village centre. There is an excellent Climbing Wall Centre in the heart of the village. There are horse riding stables nearby, a pony riding club, and also an International go-carting circuit about 5km away.
Canoing and kayaking with river swimming is only 25 mins away. The nearest long stretches of beaches are 25 mins by car.
The nearest big supermarkets Carrefour, Intermarché and Casino are only a few miles away.
Leisure Activities nearby:
The village has 2 tennis centres with a coffee shop. There are 2 riding schools nearby (3 km), and for cycling and mountain biking enthusiasts, more recently, an entirely newly built cycle track that runs through the whole of Grabels and continues right up to Ales.
There is also a challenging 18-hole golf course, beautifully landscaped among the greenery of pine trees, in the next village of St Gely du Fesc, 5km, with a restaurant and outdoor pool.
Enjoy canoeing and kayaking in the nearby mountain landscape of the Hérault and the famous mountain rivers of the Cévennes.
Other water sports such as surfing, water skiing and sailing are on offer at the nearby beaches and the breathtakingly beautiful lake Salagou, 30km away. Lake Salagou is also popular for fishing, and especially well-known for carp fishing.
25 minutes south by car leads to numerous beaches with long stretches of golden sands such as Palavas, Carnon Plage, la Grande Motte and Le Grau du Roi, offering restful tranquility or lively water sports and beach games.
We highly recommend the stretch of beach along the `Grand Tavers` at the end of Carnon Plage and beginning of La Grande Motte beach, where you can hire sunbeds for the day with excellent restaurant and bar facilities.
There are quite a few of these beach resorts like 'White Beach' Route de Plages, sortie Grand Tavers, Accès 59.
There are also the world famous natural Étangs of the Camargue with its wild flamingoes and white horses.
Montpelier Airport 15km. Nimes Airport 40km. Montpellier Railway Station 9km. Car hire strongly recommended. Excellent ‘Park & Ride’ tramway leading from outskirts of Grabels directly into Montpellier Centre.
The historic centre of Montpellier is only 8km away, with its 16th century cathedral, labyrinth of medieval lanes lined with street cafés and restaurants, museums, theatres, parks with fountains, vibrant street markets, and the Place de la Comédie, where the locals mingle with visitors and tourists from all over the world. 20 mins north leads into the mountains with spectacular scenery, ancient villages with museen, boutiques, bistros and bars, river gorges, natural caves, and their lively canoeing and kayaking facilities.